GOP Campaigns Brace For Potential Brokered Convention

Long article, Matthew Boyle at Breitbart does a stellar job detailing and explaining the potential for a brokered convention.  Very interesting.

… every state that has a primary or caucus before March 15 splits their delegates proportionally among the several top finishers. That means, for instance, Iowa’s 30 delegates won’t all go to the winner of the Iowa caucuses; they’ll instead be split among the top earners in the state. Same goes for New Hampshire’s 23 delegates, South Carolina’s 50 delegates, Nevada’s 30 delegates, Alabama’s 50 delegates, Alaska’s 28, Arkansas’ 40, Georgia’s 76, Massachusetts’ 42, Minnesota’s 38, Oklahoma’s 43, Tennessee’s 58, Texas’s 155, Vermont’s 16, Virginia’s 49, Wyoming’s 29, Kansas’s 40, Kentucky’s 45, Louisiana’s 47, Maine’s 23, Puerto Rico’s 23, Hawaii’s 19, Idaho’s 32, Michigan’s 59, Mississippi’s 40, Guam’s 9, and the 19 delegates in Washington, D.C.

That means 1,113 delegates are awarded on a proportional basis before any winner-take-all state even comes up. That’s almost half of the 2,472 total delegates awarded and nearly enough to equal what’s necessary to win the GOP nomination, 1,237 delegates.

It isn’t until March 15, when Florida and several other states hold GOP contests, that states can begin awarding their delegates on a “winner-take-all” basis—giving all delegates to the candidate who wins the popular vote in that state’s primary or caucus. Florida’s GOP awards 99 delegates to its primary’s winner, and it’s in fact one of only a handful of truly winner-take-all primary states for delegates. The other pure winner-take-all states are Arizona, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Arizona has 58 delegates, Montana 27, South Dakota 29, Nebraska 36, Ohio 66, New Jersey 51, Delaware 16, the Virgin Islands 9, and the Marianas 9. That means, in total, only 400 delegates come from states that are truly winner-take-all. Several other states, like California with 172 delegates or Pennsylvania with 71 delegates or Illinois with 69 delegates and more, are what the Republican National Committee (RNC) calls “hybrid” states—meaning they offer delegates in a way that combines the proportional and winner-take-all methods.

After March 15, several states—including Utah with 40 delegates, New York with 95 delegates, Rhode Island with 19 delegates, Oregon with 28 delegates, Washington state with 44 delegates, and New Mexico with 24 delegates—follow the same proportional process as those who hit the polls before March 15. And then there are even states like North Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado which won’t be holding primaries or caucuses, but candidates can pick up delegates at their state conventions.

Wow, that’s a lot of math! and just the beginning of Boyle’s article.   You’ve got a long weekend, so take the time to read, we may find this background VERY informative in a few months!

Of interest:

Rasley also argues that new rules from the RNC passed in 2012 at the urging of GOP establishment lawyer Ben Ginsberg—who was Romney’s lead attorney and did this as part of an effort to protect Romney from intra-party squabbles—hurt the possibility of a brokered convention. Rasley cited two articles—one he wrote and another written by Viguerie—to back up the case.

“Due to the Rules changes the Romney people demanded in 2012, a ‘brokered convention’ is significantly more difficult because delegates are now more firmly than ever bound to vote for the winner of their state’s primary,” Rasley told Breitbart News. “By bullying Tea Party and Ron Paul supporters in 2012 the Republican establishment effectively screwed themselves for 2016 now that they are likely to be in the minority.”

and there’s this …

Catanese described two rules changes that were designed to help the establishment consolidate power in Washington, D.C., before noting that a third less-noticed change could have more of an impact. Catanese wrote that “There was a third overlooked change that could potentially have the biggest, most dramatic effect on the 2016 primary fight and some RNC members believe it could render irrelevant the concerted, well-laid efforts to shorten the nomination contest.”

“Officially, it’s Rule 40 in the RNC handbook and it states that any candidate for president ‘shall demonstrate the support of a majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states’ before their name is presented for nomination at the national convention,” Catanese wrote, before walking through how this could severely backfire on the Washington establishment. Catanese quoted several RNC committee members as unaware of what they actually ended up doing at the time and perhaps severely screwing up.



By |November 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Urge your legislators to support “Hyco’s Law” this session

Rep. Jonathon Hill will be working to pass “Hyco’s Law” this upcoming session.  You may remember the story of the Anderson police dog killed in the line of duty in October.

Hyco, one of the best-trained police dogs in the United States, was on the way to have one of his teeth checked out by a veterinarian when his handler got an emergency call and swung their car in a U-turn on Wednesday afternoon.

The German shepherd would soon be racing in pursuit of three fleeing men, a chase that left the 7-year-old dog with mortal gunshot wounds.

Hyco and his handler, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandon Surratt, were trying to catch three fleeing men were wanted in what was then believed to be a carjacking.

The dog caught up with at least one of the men at a shrub line near New Prospect Church Road and S.C. 24 before shots rang out.

Rep. Hill:

Rep. Collins was working on a similar bill independently. After discussing, we’ve merged ours together so this represents a joint effort. The list of co-sponsors is currently: Collins, Gambrell, White, Thayer, Putnam, Gagnon, and Horne. Sen. Bryant said he would sponsor a Senate version.

  • Named “Fargo’s and Hyco’s Law.” Fargo was killed in the line of duty in Richland County in 2011; Hyco in Anderson County in 2015. Fargo was the first police dog ever killed in the line of duty in SC as far as I know.

  • Abuse of a police dog or horse is a misdemeanor, penalty is set at $2,000 to $5,000 and/or 30 days to 5 years.

  • Penalties for killing a police dog or horse:

    • Jail increased from 1-5 years to 2-10 years

    • Jail 2-year minimum penalty is now mandatory and cannot be suspended nor parole granted

    • Fine increased from $500-$1,000 to $2,000-$20,000 and is now optional (and/or)

    • Mandatory restitution to be paid covering the full cost of restoring or replacing the animal in addition to any other penalty imposed

    • Optional 1 year of animal-related community service in addition to any other penalty

  • Penalties for killing a guide dog or service animal:

    • Reckless: fine increased from $0-$2,500 to $2,000-$5,000, jail alternative increased from 0-6 months to 0-5 years

    • Intentional: changed from a misdemeanor to a felony, fine increased from $0-$5,000 to $5,000-$20,000, jail alternative increased from 0-3 years to 0-5 years

By |November 25th, 2015|Tags: , |2 Comments

Can Jeff Sessions’ Info convince Nikki it is NOT only Syrian refugees to be concerned about?

We’ve followed some of Jeff Sessions’ work on exposing the danger and uncertainty that Obama’s administration is willing … eager? … to expose American families to with the inadequate vetting policies…



and HERE

Nikki Haley recently pushed back … well it was a tiny push … on relocating Syrian refugees in South Carolina.

This week Senator Jeff Sessions released a list of terror attacks in the U.S. which were covered up by the Obama administration.  Notably, there are a long list of countries of origin for the perpetrators of these U.S. attacks. Not limited to Syria.


As you look over this list, please contact Governor Haley and share your thoughts with her about stopping completely the refugee resettlement program, saying NO to the Obama administration, giving back the federal funding, and rescinding the agreement she signed a few months ago in August.


Here is an excerpt from Jeff Sessions’ list, click the link above for more:

In a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Sessions cited a FBI document that confirmed how Obama has ignored 72 documented cases of terrorist activity by suspected Muslim immigrants inside the United States since July 2014. Many of these terrorists arrived as refugees, in “stark contrast to the ‘widows and orphans’ meme put forth by the Obama administration and the myriad political and religious groups that support the resettlement business.”

  • In July 2015, a Cuban immigrant inspired by Islamic extremists plotted to explode a backpack bombfilled with nails on a beach in Key West.
  • An immigrant from Ghana, who applied for and received U.S. citizenship, pledged allegiance to ISIS and plotted a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. He attacked an FBI agent with a large kitchen knife when the agent was searching his home in June in Staten Island, New York. The search was connected to an investigation stemming from the weekend arrest of Munther Omar Saleh, a 20-year-old U.S. citizen charged with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS, CNN reported.



  • A Somali refugee with lawful permanent resident status, along with four other Somali nationals, werecharged July 23, 2014, with leading an al-Shabaab terrorist fundraising conspiracy in the United States, with monthly payments directed to the Somali terrorist organization.
  • A Kazakhstani immigrant with lawful permanent resident status conspired to purchase a machine gun to shoot FBI and other law enforcement agents if they prevented him from traveling to Syria to join ISIS. He and two others from Uzbekistan, both living in Brooklyn, werecharged in February 2015 with providing material support a foreign terrorist organization.
  • Two female immigrants, one from Saudi Arabia and one from Yemen, one of whom applied for and received U.S. citizenship, allegedly swore allegiance to ISIS and pledged to explode a propane tank bomb on U.S. soil. They were arrested in April 2015 during an FBI undercover raid on their house in Queens, New York.

    • The Boston Bombers were invited in as asylum seekers. The younger brother applied for citizenship and was naturalized on Sept. 11, 2012. The older brother had a pending application for citizenship.
    • A Moroccan Muslim who came to the U.S. on a student visa was arrested and charged in April 2014with plotting to blow up a university and a federal courthouse.

By |November 24th, 2015|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Concerned Veterans for American event POSTPONED

The Powers That Be at CVA think we’ll be better served if they postpone the event that was originally scheduled for December 11 until January.

It is a slow time of  year, and with the holidays coming I think they’ll generate a larger audience in January SO stay tuned, when they reschedule, I’ll let you know!

By |November 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Ted Cruz at Tim’s Town Hall at Furman December 7, 11:30 AM

Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Trey Gowdy will be hosting a Town Hall with Senator Ted Cruz on Monday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m. on the campus of Furman University’s Younts Center in Greenville, SC.


Presidential Town Hall Series hosted by Senator Tim Scott

Featuring Senator Ted Cruz

Special Guest Rep. Trey Gowdy


Monday, Dec. 7th, 2015


Furman University

Younts Conference Center

3300 Poinsett Highway

Greenville, SC 29613



Seating is limited, so please RSVP soon.

By |November 22nd, 2015|Tags: |0 Comments

Concerned Veterans For America Spartanburg Event December 11, 6 PM

Adam Taylor, the Local Team Leader for the Upstate for Concerned Veterans For America asked if we’d share this with you!+============

Concerned Veterans For America is going to be hosting an event on Friday December 11, 2015 from 6pm-8pm at Summit-Pointe in Spartanburg. (Summit-Point is located right behind Westgate Mall near Spartan 16 and it is attached to the Hampton Inn Hotel.)


The mission of this Tour of Duty Launch Event is to mobilize veterans, patriots and military families to get involved in voting next November and becoming active in the political process via a year-long pledge of activism. We want to make Veterans’ Issues the priority and the forefront of every candidate’s campaign, and that starts with people in the communities. Together we can make a difference in the election!


We are encouraging people to come to the Tour of Duty Launch event and also to become leaders within their own groups and communities. Please come join us and learn about CVA, Tour of Duty and also some other great events coming up in 2016. Next year is going to be a busy and important year and we are going to need everyone on the ground involved. By the end of the night, I am hoping that everyone will want to join and get involved with CVA! I encourage you to come and bring a friend!


Finally, it is CRITICAL that you RSVP as soon as possible so we can switch to a larger room if we need to! I will check the number of RSVP’s daily and by December 8th, if we need to I will upgrade us to a larger room!




If you are having trouble, need help or just simply have a question, please email Adam Taylor, who is the Local Team Leader for the Upstate at

By |November 22nd, 2015|Tags: |0 Comments